The Forbes Billionaires List: 2015

by Sid Wahi 0

Bill Gates is the world’s wealthiest man, according to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people. Gates’ net worth rose to $79.2 billion from $76 billion a year earlier, putting him at the top for the 16th year in the last 21. A record number of 290 dollar billionaires were added to the list in 2014, including Michael Jordan. The new additions to Forbes magazine’s annual rich list, published on Monday, takes the total to a record 1,826 billionaires.

The number of Africans on the list remains at 29, consisting predominately of Egyptians (27.5%) part of either the Mansour or Sawiris clan. Notably, Tanzanian born Mohammed Dewji makes his debut on the list with a net worth of $1.25 billion, while Aliko Dangote keeps his place as Africa’s richest man, albeit after his net worth dropped to $14.7 billion, down from $25 billion in 2013. Femi Otedola, 78% owner of Forte Oil returns to the list after falling off in 2009.

The richest 29 Africans are worth a total of $94 billion. The wealthiest group are the South African’s with a combined net worth of $28.5 billion. Nationals from just 9 out of 54 countries make up the African composition of the list.

You can read more about the African billionaire’s here.

The full list of Africans who made the 2014 list:

Name Net Worth Nationality Sector
1.Aliko Dangote $15.7 billion Nigerian  Diversified
2.Johann Rupert & Family $7.4 billion South African  Luxury Goods
3.Nicky Oppenheimer & Family $6.7 billion South African  Diamonds
4.Christoffel Wiese $6.3 billion South African  Retail
5.Nassef Sawiris $6.3 billion Egyptian  Construction
6.Mike Adenuga $4 billion Nigerian  Telecoms and Oil
7.Mohamed Mansour $4 billion Egyptian  Diversified
8.Nathan Kirsh $3.9 billion Swaziland  Real Estate
9.Isabel Dos Santos $3.1 billion Angolan  Investments
10.Issad Rebrab $3.1 billion Algerian  Diversified
11.Naguib Sawiris $3.1 billion Egyptian  Telecoms
12.Youssef Mansour $2.9 billion Egyptian  Diversified
13.Koos Bekker $2.3 billion South African  Media
14.Othman Benjelloun $2.3 billion Moroccan  Banking
15.Yasseen Mansour $2.3 billion Egyptian  Diversified
16.Patrice Motsepe $2.1 billion South African  Mining
17.Stephen Saad $2.1 billion South African  Pharmaceuticals
18.Mohamed Al Fayed $2 billion Egyptian  Property
19.Folorunsho Alakija $1.9 billion Nigerian  Oil
20.Onsi Sawiris $1.8 billion Egyptian  Diversified
21.Aziz Akhannouch $1.7 billion Moroccan  Diversified
22.Allan Gray $1.6 billion South African  Investments
23.Miloud Chaabi $1.3 billion Moroccan  Diversified
24.Mohammed Dewji $1.3 billion Tanzanian  Diversified
25.Samih Sawiris $1.1 billion Egyptian  Property
26.Sudhir Ruparelia $1.1 billion Ugandan  Property, Banking
27.Femi Otedola $1 billion Nigerian  Gas Stations
28.Abdulsamad Rabiu $1 billion Nigerian  Diversified
29.Rostam Azizi $1 billion Tanzanian  Telecoms